- John Kay Inventor of the Flying Shuttle
- Lancashire Cotton Famine
- Three Abraham Darby’s
- John Kay 1753-54 House destroyed by machine breakers…keeps inventing
- Population England & Wales 1780
- James Brindley Canal Builder
- Northampton and the First Cotton Spinning Mill 1742
- Silk making machinery 1745
- Repeal of Calico Act 1774
- What Caused the Industrial Revolution?
- James Watt Industrial Revolution
- John Wilkinson Ironmaster
- The Lunar Society bringing together brilliant minds
- The Luddites
Once John Kay had invented the flying shuttle the possibility for mass production of broadloom cloth became a reality.
- The curb on production was producing enough yarn for the weavers.
- The opportunity to invent a machine that would speed up the process of spinning yarn encouraged the invention of new machines
- In 1738, Lewis Paul and John Wyatt, patented a roller spinning machine, which used rollers to draw out a thread of more even thickness before spinning it.
- In 1741 they used their machines in a donkey driven mill in Birmingham.
- Unfortunately these two chaps became bankrupt and five of their machines were bought by a fellow named Cave who, in 1742, placed them in a mill in Northampton
- This became the first ever cotton spinning mill in Britain and it was powered by water, not a donkey in sight.
The Northampton Spinning Mill
The Marvel Mill in Northampton on the River Nen, replaced an old corn mill. In itself an insignificant building but the event, making a manufacturing process to produce cotton was an immense moment in industrial history.
By 1742 therefore, the days of the cottage worker, at home, spinning were numbered. The effect of the decline in this cottage industry was huge. The cottage industry of cotton spinning had long supplemented the income of agricultural workers and times were going to get very difficult indeed for this group of workers in the next fifty years.